Calculation of lateral earth pressures with layered backfill

Shiau, J. S. and Smith, C. A. (2011) Calculation of lateral earth pressures with layered backfill. In: Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics, 14-16 Feb 2011, Melbourne, Australia.


The objective of this paper is to investigate the situation of active and passive earth pressures on the back of a retaining wall with layered backfill. Most numerical results available in literature are applicable only to situations in which the backfill material is homogeneous. However, in reality, the backfill material is rarely homogeneous. This paper will investigate the behavior of a retaining wall by making use of FLAC to model a two-layered backfill. FLAC results will be compared with solutions obtained from classical earth pressure theory and rigorous numerical upper and lower bound limit analysis solutions.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2012 02:52
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: retaining walls; backfill
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050305 Soil Physics
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870201 Civil Construction Design
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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